Aaron Anderson | #21 | 6’7” | 220 | Sr. | Forward/Center | Central Arizona College | Tucson AZFollow @KSUOwlHowl
Aaron Anderson is a 6’7″ 220 pound senior forward/center who is entering his third and final season at KSU. He was one of the best finds of the Tony Ingle era and he will continue to pay dividends this coming season. He led the A-Sun conference in rebounding and eclipsed LaDaris Green’s Kennesaw State Division I record of 8.5 boards per game.
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Anderson averaged 9 and 9 last year with a solid field goal percentage. There isn’t much to be upset about with these numbers, but expect to see him hit the 50% mark at the FT line this year.
He notched eleven double doubles last year and had 14 games with double digit rebounds. He had a season high of 17 rebounds twice, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and again vs. Charlotte.
Anderson will receive heavy minutes again this year for the size needy Owls. He has been working on his jumper, so expect him to step out and knock down more 15 footers this year, and for it to translate positively at the free throw line. The additions of Yonel Brown and Myles Hamilton at the guard spots will make life easier for him on both ends of the floor. A 10 and 10 season is a very real possibility.
Anderson is a gliding high-flyer who excels at doing the dirty work around the rim. He was repeatedly singled out with praise by Coach Preston following games last year.
He is a ferocious rebounder who eats glass for breakfast. He knows how to get in position and outworks opponents for the tough rebound. He played center last season out of necessity and fought off bigger opponents for rebounds. Because of his slender frame and lack of height for the center position, he has to put in yeoman’s work each night on defense, but he always gives 100%. Unfortunately he is a non factor in the shot blocking department.
Offensively Anderson is a bit raw, but he is good at finishing around the basket. There is definite room for growth in his offensive game, and if he can knock down the 12-15 footers to keep defenses honest, he can definitely beat his defender to the rim and finishing strong.
He must improve at the free throw line. Shooting 40% is something that cannot happen again, as it may have cost the Owls a few close games last season.
His game is similar to former UNLV player (and current NBA player) Louis Amundson’s.
If the 2012-13 team is going to get anywhere this year, they absolutely need “Ace”. Nobody else demonstrated the ability or effort to go after tough rebounds last season, and that might be the case again this year. Look for him to again average near a double double and to improve his percentages. Anderson could very well continue his career overseas, especially if he can pack on some more pounds under new strength and conditioning coach John Patrick.Follow @KSUOwlHowl